Ann Adele Walker

Artist’s statement,“Potomac Light” series, beaded jewelry

These mixed media collage pieces are something new for me, and grew out of my participation in workshops given by Pam Jersey Bird, the artist in residence at the Yuma Art Center last winter. I became fascinated by the possibilities offered by layering paint, paper and other materials. Collage suits my spontaneous side; I enjoy seeing the work develop in serendipitous ways.

My specific inspiration was a trip to Virginia and Maryland last fall. My husband was hiking the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, now a hiking and biking trail paralleling the Potomac River between Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, Maryland. I was the “support crew,” which meant I spent a lot of time along isolated stretches of the river, watching how the light played off the water and the trees. Working on these pieces through a Yuma summer became its own respite from the heat and bleaching sunshine, as well as an experiment in applying collage technique in a realistic but impressionistic way.

I started making jewelry several years ago, but I find that my silver-smithing skills still lag behind my artistic vision. In the meantime, wire wrapping and beading are a more immediate creative outlet. Especially in the Southwest, stones and other materials are available in a myriad of colors, shapes, textures and sizes, so the palette – and the possibilities – are virtually unlimited. The pieces in this show play with contrasts in those elements.

As a kid, I always liked to collect and play with pretty rocks. This is a logical extension of that, and a way to wear and share my rocks with others.

Biographical info

Ann Adele Walker was born and grew up in Denver, Colorado. She received her journalism degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and earned a law degree with honors from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., while working full time.

Walker practiced law in New York City and Meadville, Pennsylvania, and then worked in various capacities in the family business, an amusement park and summer resort. When the business was sold, she became the administrator of the county court system.

After moving to Yuma in 1999, Ann returned to her journalism roots, working as a copy editor and page designer for The (Yuma) Sun, where she won a number of statewide awards for opinion columns, headline writing and page design. She is presently working as a writer and public relations specialist for the Yuma Visitors Bureau.

She is married to Charles Flynn; they have two grown sons, Brendan Flynn and Adam Flynn.


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